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Hong Kong for students

Ranked 10th in the QS Best Student Cities 2019, Hong Kong (SAR) performs particularly well in the university rankings indicator and ranks in the top 20 worldwide for desirability.

Leading institutions in the city include the University of Hong KongHong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong– all ranked within the global top 50, while three more Hong Kong institutions also feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2020.

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Best universities in Hong Kong - QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 10th 

More about Hong Kong

Study in Hong Kong overview

Number of universities ranked by QS

7

Highest-ranked institution

University of Hong Kong (HKU) (22nd in the world)

Population

7,449,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$12,200

Desirability rank

18th

Employer Activity rank

10th

Affordability rank

39th

Student View rank

33rd

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Hong Kong

Mountainous backdrop

The city of Hong Kong is set against a vista of stunning mountains, perfect for a hike on the weekend. 

Prosperous job market

The city ranks 10th worldwide for employer activity and is known for its strong financial sector.

Excellent selection of universities to choose from

With no fewer than seven top universities located in Hong Kong, with four of these ranked in the world top 50, education in Hong Kong is renowned all over the world. 

Highly international

An impressive 32 percent of the city’s 90,800 students are international students. The city brings together Eastern culture with Western culture and juxtaposes the old with the new.

Cost of studying in Hong Kong

In terms of affordability, the picture is somewhat complex. With limited space available, rent is known for being exorbitantly expensive, but general living expenses such as eating out and transport remain low.

A one-bedroom apartment in Hong Kong’s city center is quite expensive, costing an average of 18,102.94 HK$ (approximately US$2,335). A monthly transport ticket costs around 493.40 HK$ (approximately US$64)

International tuition fees are somewhere in the mid-range, costing around US$12,200 per year. This is much lower than studying in the US, for example, but higher than those charged in western European countries such as France or Germany.

Life and culture in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (SAR) has long been regarded as a meeting point for different cultures, offering a truly international outlook and atmosphere.

If you value peace, quiet and personal space, then life in this packed and fast-paced metropolis might be a little daunting. But, for those who want to experience city life in its most heightened form, Hong Kong is without doubt one of the most dynamic and diverse study destinations around.

Career in Hong Kong

Hong Kong receives a strong score for employer activity this year, reflecting its status as an in-demand site for graduate recruitment.

The city’s booming economy makes it an ideal place for graduate job seekers. There are plenty of jobs in the financial sector, as well as in law firms, tech firms, advertising agencies and banks.

However, to work in Hong Kong, you’ll usually need a degree, an offer of employment, proven work experience, and proof that you have enough financial support to live in the city.  

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I'm confused. Which is the real rank for 2019? #14 or #10?